Course outline

Each course consists of two online workshops, as well as four weeks of facilitator support. This support is in the form of a community of professional learning. It is self-paced and takes a minimum of 1-2 hours of engagement per week. 

Topics covered

The course covers:

  • the influence of marketing on our spending
  • the difference between needs and wants
  • prioritising our obligations (including cultural ones)
  • why Pacific Island communities are set up differently to manage finances and activities
  • the difference between poor and broke
  • where to go for more assistance in managing  financial wellbeing.  

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course participants will have a better understanding of:

  • how Pacific communities view finance/money
  • the role of spirituality in finance decision making
  • cultural obligations and why they are important
  • the principle of prioritising obligations.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to expand their understanding and practice.

About the facilitators

Pale Sauni is a senior Pacific Samoan educator who has been delivering workshops on financial wellbeing for over 15 years. He has critical insights on how we can engage with our Pacific learning communities by and through the understanding of how money works. Pale will facilitate a discussion around how tools and strategies can unlock learning success.

Saylene Ulberg is a Pacific educator and facilitator who specialises in engaging workshop participants in understanding how to better engage with Pacific teaching and learning, and how to support Pacific learners. She has contributed to the development of the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway and continues to work with different audiences to share effective use of this tool.

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Public course dates will be listed below when available.  Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Upcoming public workshops on this topic

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.